Alcohol Tax

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Alcoholic Beverages Retail Sales Tax

​On April 7, 2020, voters approved of Proposition 13 authorizing a 5% sales tax on the retail sales of alcoholic beverages, per Anchorage Ordinance (AO) 2019-148(S-1), As Amended. The Administration has proposed enacting a new Municipal Code Chapter 12.65 Alcoholic Beverages Retail Sales Tax. Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) 12.65 establishes the requ​irements and procedures for the administration, collection and enforcement of the alcohol retail sales tax.

Click on the following links to review each document:

AO 2019-148(S-1)​​, As Amended​​​​

Proposition 13 Ballot​

A​dministrat​ion proposed administrative/enforcement ordinance​

Key Dates:​

  • April 7, 2020 Municipal Election
  • April 21, 2020 ​Municipal Election Results certified
  • ​April 13 - May 18, 2020 Implementation ordinance drafting phase, with alcohol industry input requested
  • June 2, 2020 Introduction of Administration proposed administrative/enforcement ​ordinance (AMC 12.65)
  • June 23, 2020 Public Hearing/approval of Administration's ordinance
  • July 2020 Design/development of database, forms, online filing and website FAQ's
  • November 1, 2020 (or December 1, 2020) Target date for opening registration period for alcohol retailers
  • February 1, 2021 Alc​oholic beverages retail sales tax assessment begins
  • March 31, 2021 First monthly filing due date for all registered retail alcohol operators
  • April 8, 2021 First tier late file and/or late pay penalty applied
  • April 15, 2021 Second tier late file and/or late pay penalty applied​

Certificate​ of Registration Process

All Municipality of Anchorage based retailers that sell alcoholic beverages are required to register with Treasury. Obtaining the Certificate of Registration authorizes your business to collect the alcoholic beverages retail sales tax. 

Application for a Certificate of Registration

The application is currently under development. The application and the application process will commence at least 60 days prior to the alcoholic beverages retail sales tax effective date of February 1, 2021. 

Contact Information

If you have additional questions or comments regarding the alcoholic beverages retail sales tax, please​​ contact Paula Reiswi​​g, ​Principal Admin Officer,  (907) 343-6965 or email paula.reiswig@anchorageak.gov​.




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